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Following the January suspension of Gilbert Arenas and February trade of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, it seemed that the rest of the Washington Wizards' 2009-10 season might as well have been a waste.
Nonetheless, not all was lost since, no longer feeling the pressure to win, the team was able to play and develop its young talent.
The two standouts were undoubtedly Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, a couple of young, athletic bigs who saw their numbers jump while they were given the reins.
Blatche, however, became the big name of the two, since his scoring ability was much greater than that of McGee. Consequently, his name has jumped up draft boards of late.
McGee, on the other hand, has not gotten as much positive attention, likely due to his raw, almost purely athletic game.
Yet the return of Arenas, coupled with Washington's acquisition of a star-in-the-making point guard, John Wall, should help McGee to thrive.
These two guards will be focal points of the offense, and with their passing ability and opposing defenses focusing primarily on them, McGee will get tons of open looks, great setups, and alley oops.
Furthermore, McGee's game was able to further develop this summer when he spent a great deal of time training with Team USA prior to the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
Now, as the Wizards' starting center, he should see a jump in rebounds, points, steals, and even his already impressive blocks.
Therefore, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect an average stat line of around 10 points on over 50 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and a steal per game.
And if he is able to even come close to matching these numbers, he warrants drafting well above his 109 and 100 rankings on ESPN and Yahoo.